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Occupational therapy and environmental modifications

Sam H. Ahmedzai and Martin F. Muers

in Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780192631411
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730160 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631411.003.0015

Series: Supportive Care Series

Occupational therapy and environmental modifications

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This chapter examines the role of occupational therapy in the management and treatment of dyspnoea. It explains that the objective of occupational therapy is first to establish what changes in functional performance would improve the breathless patient's quality of life, and to then set about formulating an effective treatment plan. Specific interventions such as anxiety management and relaxation training may be essential in helping the breathless patient to maintain some control over their condition. The chapter also suggests that the role of the occupational therapist will be increasingly recognised in the supportive management of the chronically breathless patient, particularly if the revised World Health Organization (WHO) classifications of disease are adopted.

Keywords: occupational therapy; dyspnoea; functional performance; anxiety management; relaxation training; WHO; disease classification

Chapter.  5396 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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